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House on a pole tilts and rotates with wind and wandering

by • August 15, 2016 • No Comments

Architectural artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley are no strangers to living in odd digs, but their latest work breaks the mold. Perched atop a 15 ft (4.5 m)-tall concrete column, ReActor is a house/art installation which tilts and rotates a full 360 degrees, its movement a response to the wind and the mass distribution of the occupants. The duo is living in it for up to five days at a time.

  • ReActor measures 44 x 8 ft (13 x 2.4 m)
  • The home has real furniture, as opposed to props, which served the artists during their five-day ...
  • Notable features include a foldaway kitchen and bathroom
  • Architectural drawing of the ReAct home

Schweder and Shelley created the project as part of their ongoing interest in “social relationship architecture,” exploring how created environments affect relationship dynamics and vice versa.

ReActor measures 44 x 8 ft (13 x 2.4 m). The furniture inside comes with a foldaway kitchen and bathroom, propane stove, ice box, shower, chemical toilet, a pair of beds, shelving and storage space, and effortless chairs.

The artists didn’t want to let slip too most details of how the home moves, but the system involves an axle and bearings inside the column.

You can ponder which living in a house which’s constantly rotating and tilting can lead to discomfort or actually motion sickness, but which’s not the case. “The movement is quite gentle and never woke us,” Schweder told New Atlas. “In fact it was a bit like being rocked. The just time the movement was a challenge was when we were attempting to remain out of the sun.”

The pair lived in the house full-time for a duration of five days, between July 27 – 31, but plan to return again on September 24 – 25 and October 6 – 10.

For those interested in checking it out in man, ReActor is already installed in the Omi International Arts Center, in Ghent, New York. The project is part of the Architecture Omi program and an exhibition called Wood: From Structure to Enclosure, which in addition comes with works by Stactually Holl Architects, Alice Aycock, and others.

Sources: Alex Schweder,Ward Shelley, Omi International Arts Center


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